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The mission of the Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation is to promote excellence within the College through involving business, industry, alumni, and friends in support of the College’s programs and future development.
Dedicated to the advancement of vocational, technical and adult education; the Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation was incorporated in August of 2006 as a 501(c)(3) corporation. The purpose of the Foundation is to solicit, accept, hold, invest, and administer any gifts, bequests, trusts or grants that benefit MATC. The Foundation will also seek to provide Scholarship and aid to: Students wishing to attend MATC, Faculty and Staff for professional development, and general campus growth and beautification.
Incorporated on May 26, 2006 and received 501(c)3 status in August, 2006.
Foundation Director: vacant
The MATC Foundation currently operates without a permanent director. Dr. Robert Edleston, MATC President/CEO, is filling the role as Acting Director. Please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Trustees:
Chairman: Fred Willich, President, Hi-Tech Interiors
Vice-Chairman: Ravi Sachdeva, Owner of American Pest Management
Secretary: Ron Dickey, Retired, Bluestem Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Member of Manhattan Area Technical College Board of Directors, Board of Directors Liaison to the Foundation
Foundation By Laws
Manhattan Area Technical College is dedicated to providing technical education for students with the initiative and talent to become skilled and productive workers. MATC provides a distinctive learning environment that emphasizes competencies in specific occupational areas to prepare students for successful employment. The ultimate goal of each technical program, course, or seminar is successful employment for graduates.
Established in 1965, Manhattan Area Technical College has evolved into a public technical college governed by an appointed Board of Directors under a governance plan approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on March 17, 2004. The President of the College reports to the Board of Directors and supervises all College operations and instruction. In addition, MATC is advised by more than 120 volunteer program advisory board members representing a cross section of business and industry.
Manhattan Area Technical College is funded in part by the Kansas Board of Regents and through the collection of tuition and fees. The College IS NOT funded by any county or local taxes.
Since its establishment, Manhattan Area Technical College has served an area of Kansas that includes citizens and communities in our surrounding counties. MATC has provided and continues to provide advanced education and technical preparation to individuals who hail from communities all over Kansas, other states, and other countries.
Academic Program Support
Donors may designate their gift to an academic area, program, project, or field of study. Academic program support is needed to strengthen and enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students and faculty. Gifts provide funding for a number of needs, such as visiting instructors and/or lecturers, travel expenses for students and faculty to attend regional and national academic conferences, student participation in community service internships, or faculty participation in workshops to learn new teaching methods.
There is no minimum amount required for a donation designated for a specific Academic Program.
$50,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed academic program fund.
Endowed academic funds may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones.
Donors may designate their gift for the purchase of equipment, such as computers; or they may designate where it is to be invested, such as a library or technical lab. Capital improvements enhance teaching, learning, and administrative facilities. The needs are varied and include the library, computer laboratories, technical laboratories, classrooms, media centers, existing building renovation, and new facility construction.
Unrestricted donations to the Annual Fund support capital improvements.
$100,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed capital improvement fund designated for a specific area, such as the library, nursing or computer laboratories.
New construction, renovations, or retrofitting of an existing area of the College may be named for the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones, based on the following gift criteria:
Donors may designate their gift to support faculty salaries and specify the academic program, such as Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Business Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting Technology, Electric Power & Distribution, Information & Network Technology, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, or Welding.
Faculty support is essential for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified professors and to maintain a low ratio of faculty to students that allows for close interaction and maximum learning.
There is no minimum amount required for a donation designated for faculty support in a specific area.
$25,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish a faculty-endowed fund designated for a specific purpose.
$500,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed instructorship.
$1,000,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed chair.
Endowed instructorships or chairs may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones.
Gifts to the General Fund are used at the discretion of the President of Manhattan Area Technical College. Donations to the General Fund are vitally important for they give the President the opportunity to address unexpected and urgent expenses related to student education, academic programs, and/or community outreach.
There is no minimum gift amount required for a donation designated for the General Fund.
Are not applicable to the General Fund.
Donors may designate their gift to a specific area of need. They may also designate how the gift is named, or if they wish to remain anonymous. The following defines the five areas of need: Student Scholarships, Faculty Support, Academic Program Support, Capital Improvements, and the General Fund.
What is Planned Giving?
Planned Giving refers to donations that you designate to Manhattan Area Technical College from your assets instead of your discretionary income. Although Planned Gifts normally take years to realize, they are vitally important to the financial security of Manhattan Area Technical College.
Why Establish A Planned Gift?
Planned Giving is an ideal avenue to help you accomplish, simultaneously, your philanthropic and financial goals. It is testimony to your commitment to Manhattan Area Technical College's mission and allows you to leave a legacy created by your life's work that will benefit generations to come of Manhattan Area Technical College students.
What Constitutes a Planned Gift?
Planned gifts include, but are not limited to: estate gifts, gifts of stocks and mutual funds, real estate, life insurance, personal property, annuities, charitable remainder trusts, intellectual property, and gifts of retirement plan assets.
What about Wills?
While there are many types of planned gifts, bequests are by far the most common. Please consider including Manhattan Area Technical College in your will.
Are There Tax Benefits?
Including a charitable planned gift in your financial or estate plan affords you significant tax benefits and may increase the inheritance you leave to your heirs. In the case of charitable remainder trusts, it provides income to Manhattan Area Technical College and provides you with a tax deduction, income for life and may help you avoid capital gains taxes. For information that best suits your circumstances, please consult an estate planning specialist
Donors may designate their gift to student scholarships and may specify the award criteria, such as: undergraduate and/or continuing education student; full time and/or part time student; academic excellence; financial need; major; and profession to be pursued. Scholarships are vitally important in order to attract and retain increasing numbers of excellent and diverse students by providing much needed financial aid.
There is no minimum amount required for donation designated for the College's General Scholarship Fund or a specific Scholarship Fund.
$250 is the minimum gift amount required for scholarships named by the Donors.
It may be a one-time gift or a pledge of an annual gift of $250.
$10,000 is the minimum gift amount to establish an endowed scholarship.
Scholarships may be named in honor of the Donors, or a name they designate, for example, in memory or in honor of loved ones
How to Make a Gift to Manhattan Area Technical College
Donors may elect the type of payment and the time frame for making their donation that best suits their circumstances. The options include:
Gifts of Cash
Gifts of cash include check, credit card, appreciated securities, and/or real or personal property to be liquidated upon receipt of the gift
Gifts of Real Estate
Gifts of real estate in the Riley County area, such as a residence, may be designated for the home of the College President, faculty members, or students.
Gifts-In-Kind are donations other than cash that can be used as is by the College, such as (but not limited to): books, texts, office supplies, computer hardware, computer software, equipment, and furniture.
Pledges may be paid in intervals over a period of time designated by and at the convenience of the Donors.
Donors may contribute to the College while maximizing their own financial program through planned contributions, such as will bequests, income trusts, annuities, and life insurance. See Planned Giving for more information.
Manhattan Area Technical College will be pleased to assist you in making a gift that is appropriate to your circumstances and in accordance with your wishes. If you wish, you may fill out the Pledge Form on this website and submit it electronically. The Fiscal Office will follow through with a written reminder. All gifts are managed by the Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation under the designated MATC accounts per your desires. You may contact the Foundation directly at Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation, 3136 Dickens Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66503, 785-587-2800, or you may use the on-line pledge form below, and MATC will ensure that your gifts are handled properly and to your satisfaction.
Thank you for visiting the Manhattan Area Technical College Alumni Relations page. We'd like you to become an integral part of our College community, and we are eager to be your Lifelong Learning Partner!
Whether you graduated from the Manhattan Area Vocational –Technical School, Manhattan Area Technical Center, or Manhattan Area Technical College, you are one of this institution's cherished alumni.
Manhattan Area Technical College has been graduating technically skilled students since it first opened its doors in 1965. Our graduates are vital to the economic development of surrounding area and the state of Kansas and graduate prepared to enter the workforce and become leaders in their fields.
We encourage all alumni to continue their association with Manhattan Area Technical College through alumni activities, college service involvement, continuing education and just visiting campus to see what's happening.
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